Written by The Herald-News
Kathryn R. Rathert, 74, of Williston, N.D., died Saturday evening, Sept. 3, 2016, at Bethel Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williston.
The daughter of Howard and Bernice Jorgenson, she was born in 1942 in Morris, Minn. She attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where she met Fred Rathert. The two were married in Morris in 1961 and transferred to the University of Montana, Missoula, where she received a degree in education.
After completing their education, Kathy and Fred moved to Williston, N.D., to raise their three daughters.
In 1995, she received an LPN degree from UND and went on to work as an administrator for New Public District No. 8. She was an active member of the Williston community and her church community. She was passionate about animal welfare. While a young mother, she ran and spent a term as a member of the Williston Park Board with the intent of shutting down the local zoo because of inhumane conditions. She volunteered for local elections and helped with the First Lutheran Church lutefisk dinner for years.
Along with her husband, Fred, she spent time over the past several years doing repairs and cleaning up housing and facility ground for the Medora Foundation. She and Fred led Bible studies in prisons through Kogudus Renewal Ministry and at the Black Gold man camp near Williston.
She combined her love of travel and service when she journeyed to Tel Dor, Israel, in 1992 for an archaeological dig and, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she traveled to New Orleans to help with the cleanup. Never too old for adventure, she went with members of New Hope to Kyrgystan in 2012 at the age of 70 to build a playground.
She was always ready with a plate of cookies for a school event or a casserole for a family in need. During the recent oil boom when housing was difficult to find, she opened her home and fed two volunteers working on the new addition to the New Hope Wesleyan Church for several months.
She loved fishing (she was a member of the Whopper Club!), traveling, reading, playing bridge, drinking coffee with friends, spending time with her grandchildren and pets. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, deep faith and warm heart.
She is survived by her husband, Fred; her three daughters, Kristin Woodward of Bismarck, N.D., Karin Daniel of Longmont, Colo., and Gretchen Morse of Presque Isle, Maine; six grandchildren; and two brothers, Charles and Paul.
Her funeral will be Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. (Central Time) at New Hope Wesleyan Church in Williston. Pastor Mike Skor will officiate and interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Friends could call at the Everson Coughlin Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and for the hour preceding the funeral at the church on Thursday, Sept. 8.